[Blueboard] Talk on Normative Power Europe and Thailand

Kai Lopez cslopez at ateneo.edu
Mon Jan 30 10:08:24 PHT 2017

The European Studies Program invite you to a talk on:

*Normative Power Europe and Thailand*
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
2:00-3:30 pm, Faber 302

to be given by:

*Natthanan Kunnamas, Ph.D.Jean Monnet Chair and DirectorInterdisciplinary
Department of European StudiesChulalongkorn University, Thailand*

The talk assesses the European Union (EU)’s power positions, whose entity
could not explicitly be categorized into either a nation state, an
international organization or an international regime. EU power attributes
are different from those of nation states, ranging from geography and
geopolitics, socio-cultural setting, internal political and administrative
system, economic wealth and integration to the world economy, roles as an
international actor and an international norm leader. These EU attributes
are applied to evaluate its power positions and roles in the Southeast
Asian Region and Thailand.

The talk will further indicate that the EU cannot be placed in either the
realms of a traditional great power, a middle/pivotal middle power, or even
a civilian power. The power positions of the EU are structural and derived
from “functions” with worldwide recognition and consensus. The EU can
establish normative pressures to be conditions in the relations with other
states coupled with the use of persuasion, reward and punishment means to
show exercises of powers. Even though the EU is not be able to use force
but it has been assisting the great power like the United States in numbers
of global security crises. Moreover, EU functions targeted at civil society
have elevated the EU from orthodox definitions and concepts of nation-state
based great powers. EU programmes has created great impacts on both
bi-regional relations with the Southeast Asian region and relations with
Thailand, particularly the humanist values’ transference, the support for
ASEAN integration, the promotions of trade and investment opportunities,
international aids for development, as well as humanitarian and disaster
relief assistances. At the ASEAN level, the EU has been exercising its
normative power through the use of persuasion coupled with reward in
economic and political relations. Meanwhile, EU’s influences on Thailand
have been more on economic norm pressures rather than political ones.

*About the Speaker*

Natthanan Kunnamas, Ph.D. is Jean Monnet Chair, Director for
Interdisciplinary Department for European Studies and an Assistant
Professor in International Relations, Faculty of Political Science,
Chulalongkorn University. She is also an editor of the Journal of European
Studies, Chulalongkorn University under the Centre for European Studies,
Chulalongkorn University. Her most recent projects in 2016 with the
European Commission are Jean Monnet Chair in transcending the EU to the
Thai public and Jean Monnet Modules. Selected complete researches are “The
Study on Major Power’s Security Policy towards Southeast Asian Region: The
Case of the European Union,” funded by Thailand’s National Security
Council, “The Study on Major Power’s Security Policy towards Southeast
Asian Region: The Case of the Russian Federation,”funded by Thailand’s
National Security Council; and “Thailand-Ukraine economic distance:
Opportunities and challenges”, funded by Chulalongkorn University.

Caissa C. Lopez
Office Staff
European Studies Program
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